With circulars at a tipping point, how will newspapers support local journalism?

America's Newspapers' Dean Ridings joined Borrell Associates this week for a podcast discussion about how the industry will generate enough funds to sustain its biggest competitive advantage: well-staff newsrooms. Listen to the podcast.
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New Gallup/Knight study says Americans are losing faith in an objective media

Although Americans have high aspirations for the news media, a new Gallup/Knight study shows that the gap is growing between what Americans expect from the news and what they think they are getting.

The Indiana Gazette sold to Sample News Group

The Indiana Gazette in Pennsylvania has been acquired by Sample News Group, according to Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented the Donnelly family in the sale.

Americans who mainly get their news on social media are less engaged, less knowledgeable

Those who rely on social media for news are less likely to get the facts right about the new coronavirus and politics and more likely to hear some unproven claims, a new study from the Pew Research Center shows.

Free micro-course by RJI Fellow: Learn to write news for mobile audiences in five-minute lessons

A free mobile-microlearning course — The 5 C’s of Writing News for Mobile Audiences — has launched on a mobile learning app, EdApp. Think Babbel or Duolingo for digital journalism.

The Post and Courier's storm season guide keeps coastal residents informed

The Post and Courier's Hurricane Wire newsletter (Charleston, South Carolina) is keeping coastal residents up-to-date with the latest storm coverage throughout hurricane season — assessing not only the risk posed, but the science behind it.

Paxton Media Group to acquire Jasper Herald

Paxton Media Group is acquiring the award-winning Jasper (Ind.) Herald from the Rumbach family. The Herald traces its roots to 1895.

Early issues of Venice Gondolier now available online

A collaborative effort between the Venice Division of Historical Resources and the Venice Gondolier newspaper in Florida has resulted in editions dating back to the paper’s founding in 1946 now available online.

Tribune Publishing adopts limited duration stockholder rights agreement

The board of directors of Tribune Publishing Company took steps this week to protect the interests of the company and its stockholders by reducing the likelihood that any person or group gains control of the company through acquisitions from other stockholders, open market accumulation or other tactics without paying an appropriate control premium.

Congressional hearing to examine the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

The House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee will question the CEOs of the Big Tech platforms on Wednesday, July 29, about their dominance of the digital marketplace.  View the livestream hearing  beginning at Noon EDT, here.

Inaugural Meeting: Conference highlights, sessions

Putting challenges in perspective: Difficult doesn't mean impossible

"I love journalism," Mi-Ai Parrish told publishers gathered for the inaugural meeting of America's Newspapers, "and so do all of you. I love that we're watchdogs and storytellers. We're advocates, innovators. We're business strategists and community leaders. We're friends and neighbors, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. We help connect our readers to the world and to the communities we serve. We enrich and inform, delight and unite."

How the Battle of New Orleans was Won

The "pirate" marketing tactics that The Advocate employed in the Battle of New Orleans played a key role in helping the paper overtake The Times-Picayune in the fight for dominance.

Hussman encourages all newspapers to adopt Statement of Core Values

In response to requests from a number of individuals since his talk at the inaugural meeting of America's Newspapers, Walter Hussman Jr. is sharing his Statement of Core Values on this website. He said: "I believe adopting a statement like this can help improve our relationship with our readers as a trusted and professional source on news."
Walter Hussman: Restoring faith in newspapers

Digital-not-so-ready: Initial findings from the GNI Subscriptions Lab

So what are the newspaper participants learning from the Google News Initiative Subscriptions Lab? Hint: Something about themselves.

In battle with digital giants, looking for a 'safe harbor' in Congress

The advocacy interests of America's Newspapers falls right in line with the first topic addressed at the Inaugural Meeting of America's Newspapers. The News Media Alliance's Danielle Coffey talked about frustrations she encounters when lobbying on Capitol Hill and the latest in the newspaper industry's campaign to get a fair revenue arrangement with the digital giants.

Take advantage of a tool everyone already uses: Email

Email is a daily part of millions of American's daily lives. So why aren't newspapers taking advantage of this amazing revenue generating opportunity? News-Press & Gazette Company's Kristen Frey and Observer Media Group's Emily Walsh talked about the insights they've gained from experimenting with email marketing.

Small is the new big: Niche publications that are year-round revenue generators

What do backyard poultry, goats and beekeeping have in common? All are niche interests that have been scaled into reliable revenue generators.

Protecting public notices and the vital information they provide to communities

Many advertisers find the process they must go through to place public notices to be frustrating, Legislators what to change the law to move legal notices out of newspapers (and onto state and local websites) and publishers are doing their best to make the process work. Where's it all heading and what will be key to hanging onto public notices?

Inaugural Meeting: Congrats to our award winners
PJ Browning honored as E&P magazine's Publisher of the Year
PJ Browning: Recipient of E&P magazine's Publisher of the Year Award
Carmage Walls Commentary Prize honors courageous editorial writing
Peter Kovacs, editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, accepted the Carmage Walls Prize on behalf of Danny Heitman and Lanny Keller.
SNPA's staunchest advocate honored for 43 years of service
Edward VanHorn: Recipient of SNPA's Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award
Joyce McCullough honored with Carlsen Distinguished Service Award
Joyce McCullough: Receipient of the Ray Carlsen Distinguished Service Award
Former Forum Communications CEO honored with high Inland award
Lloyd Case: Recipient of the Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award

A new champion for newspapers is born

America’s Newspapers – the association formed from the merger of the Inland Press Association and Southern Newspaper Publishers Association – was ceremonially launched October 6 at its inaugural meeting in Chicago.